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FHS band gears up after finishing season in second place

Franklin High School proved to be a powerhouse for fall sports all season long. Another group among the exceptionally talented students who endured countless practices and excelled at the state level was the Franklin High School Marching Band.

Led by Band Director Buddy Huckabee, the 73-member strong band competed in a total of six competitions this season, traveling from Charlotte, all the way to Atlanta. In each competition the band excelled, taking either first or second place in all captions.

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Franklin did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard last Friday night in the team’s opening round playoff game against Hunter Huss in the Panther Pit, scoring on their first possession to take a quick 6-0, before defeating the Huskies 35-7.

The bread and butter of Franklin’s team, the big boys up front, paved the way for Franklin’s first score when freshman Jeremiah Young took it in from the goal-line. Young scored after the Huskies attempted a gutsy fake punt deep in their own territory, giving Franklin the ball at the 26-yard line to set-up their first touchdown from the triple Young set.

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Franklin’s varsity football team is perfect this season, winning 11 consecutive games to earn a number one seed in the state playoffs. This is the first time Franklin has been a number one seed in recent memory, and the Panthers are more than deserving of the honor. “We’ve never been a number one seed since I’ve been at Franklin,” said head coach Josh Brooks. “I know we have been as high as a two seed, but never a one. I think it shows that we have played very good football this year and I hope we can continue to do that in November.”

The team is off to its best start in school history, and with a roster full of experience and proven talent, the Panthers are sure to make some noise in the tournament. “When you look at the season schedule you know you are promised 11 games,” said Brooks. “Now our guys know this is a different season, and I think they will be ready for it. I don’t think our team is ready to quit playing football right now. They want to keep playing.”

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Lady Panthers volleyball makes historic run

Franklin High School’s girls golf team finished the season on a good note this week, as two standouts qualified to represent FHS at the state tournament held at the Foxfire Resort and Golf club in Foxfire Village, N.C. Senior Carly Payseur shot a 103 in both rounds to finish 42nd overall. Sophomore Erin Campbell shot a 106 and 108 to finish 51st overall. f 13 teams and 78 individuals competed at the event. “I was pleased with our season this year,” said head coach David Morgan. “I felt like all the girls improved from last year. I think we need to be more consistent and confident in our shots next year and we will be a much better team in the future and a team to be reckoned with,” he said. “I want to congratulate Carly, Erin, Keirsten, and Sydney on a great season and for setting a lot of FHS gold records this year,” concluded Morgan.

The team finished third in the conference and every player managed to qualify to compete at the regionals tournament in Asheville on Oct. 24. The team placed sixth at the regionals match, an admirable achievement for the young team to build off of.

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published: 10/18/2013
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